Walking & Hiking Safety
Alpine Sports take outdoor safety seriously.
Take an appropriate means of communication is essential. Personal locator beacons, owned by Methven Search and Rescue, can be hired through Hammer Hardware on the Main Street of Methven (Phone 03 302 9664) and are a must have item for people heading into the back country. These beacons (weighing only 250gms) once activated, will enable emergency services to pinpoint you to within 50 metres and organise your rescue. $10 per day, $20 a weekend, and $30 a week.
The Outdoor Safety Code
- Plan your trip - Seek local knowledge and plan the route you will take and the amount of time you can reasonably expect it to take.
- Tell someone - Tell someone your plans and leave a date to raise the alarm if you haven’t returned.
- Be aware of the weather - New Zealand’s weather can be highly unpredictable. Check the forecast and expect weather changes.
- Know your limits - Challenge yourself within your physical limits and experience. Learn safe ways of rescuing others without putting yourself in danger.
- Take sufficient supplies
Download a copy of the Outdoor Safety Code.